H.R. 2928, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office”

H.R. 2928

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office”

Date
April 18, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 18, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2928, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 2928 was introduced on June 25, 2015 by Rep. French Hill (R-AR), and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on October 9, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2928 designates the United States Postal Service facility located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office.”

Background

Sergeant Bennett was born on October 16, 1940, in Thornburg, Arkansas, a small town near the outskirts of the Ouachita National Forest. A graduate of Perryville High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957.  Sergeant Bennett served as an airborne infantryman with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, where he earned his Master Parachute Wings and Expert Infantry Badge.  He completed Special Forces training in 1963, and in 1964, volunteered to serve in South Vietnam as a Special Forces adviser with the Military Assistance Command. On December 29, 1964, his unit was airlifted to a small village after it had been overrun by a division of Viet Cong. Immediately upon landing, Sergeant Bennett’s unit was confronted by a well dug-in regiment of enemy forces, and despite fighting furiously and courageously throughout the afternoon, his unit was overrun. Concerned for the safety of his fellow service members, he twice directed American helicopter pilots attempting to rescue him to stand down, and was captured by the Viet Cong. Sergeant Bennett spent 179 days as a POW and attempted to escape three times.  During his last escape attempt, he injured an enemy soldier, and his captors executed him on June 25, 1965 at the age of 24.  Sergeant Bennett was the first American POW killed in Vietnam, and, like many other U.S. servicemen who lost their lives there, his remains have never been returned home. Nearly four decades after his death, in 2004, Sergeant Bennett was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning.  In 2006, his family was presented with his Combat Infantryman’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Purple Heart.  And in 2010, Sergeant Bennett’s family was presented with his Silver Star.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Sgt. Bennett was a true American hero whose hometown seeks to honor him with this tribute. This post office designation will honor Sgt. Bennett’s service and sacrifice and reflect the appreciation we share for his courage and contributions to our country.”[1]

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[1] See Boozman, Hill Introduce Legislation to Honor Arkansas War Hero

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.

 

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Robert Goad with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1831.